The Forest Department will shortly provide a revolving fund of Rs three lakh to each village forest committee across the State, under a Rs 1,100-crore special project, Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwa

Amid reports about smuggling of red sandalwood (Rakta Chandan) from India to China via Nepal, India has sought the Government of Nepal’s help in controlling the organised illegal trade.

To make sandalwood cultivation viable for farmers, the ruling BJP Government in Karnataka is proposing to amend the Tree Act.

According to State Forest Minister CH Vijayshankar, the proposed amendment is aimed at allowing farmers to grow sandalwood tree in their farms, own and sell them at the market price.


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New Delhi: Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia on Friday announced the setting up of an additional Forest Bench in the Supreme Court, to hear environment and mining-related cases.

The CJI said,

Pune The Swargate police have arrested a group of five men for allegedly stealing a sandalwood tree from the premises of the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Salisbury Park.

The arrests were made immediately after the watchman on duty informed the police control room at 4.30 in the morning on Wednesday about the theft.

Administration has given about 7,000 community certificates to Scheduled Tribes in this hill in recent years

TIRUVANNAMALAI: Tribal people of Jawadu hills should grow sandalwood in their lands to gain revenue as well as to contribute to the environment, Tamil Nadu Food Minister E.V. Velu said.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cantonment police on Friday registered a case after the Registrar of the Kerala University lodged a complaint that two sandalwood trees on the campus of the Kerala University Office were chopped off and smuggled out by some miscreants.